The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Kentucky Department of Public Health were awarded a Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program Grant in 2021. As the lead organizations in the project, we are working together to expand Kentucky’s existing efforts to improve stroke-related health outcomes by working with Kentucky health care systems and community providers to implement comprehensive stroke systems for those at highest risk for stroke, as well as those who have had a stroke.
We are looking for partners in primary care offices to leverage electronic health records and health information technology to identify patients at highest risk for stroke, such as those with a personal history of stroke and those with uncontrolled hypertension. Under the unified goal of preventing stroke, uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the highest indicators for stroke risk, and is a significant issue throughout Kentucky. As a participant in the strategy, the Coverdell team will be offering technical assistance to help your staff prevent stroke in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, as well as improve outcomes for patients who have had a stroke.
Benefits of participation include:
• EHR technical assistance to help identify patients with uncontrolled hypertension
• Assistance from the Coverdell Team and DPH in establishing and participation in the Care Collaborative
• FREE Blood Pressure Monitors and Cuffs
• Process improvement assistance to implement and sustain initiative
• Technical assistance to track and measure improvements in patient population
Along with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, we will be providing CARE Collaborative training for your staff. The CARE Collaborative is an educational encounter between a healthcare extender and the patient that helps them identify their blood pressure zone and provides them with the tools to reduce their risk of stroke by lowering their blood pressure. You can find more information on the CARE Collaborative HERE.
Be a part of the inaugural Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program Grant award for Kentucky!
Contact us at Kentucky REC or 859-323-3090 to learn more.